Senior Research Analyst in Chicago, IL at JLL

Date Posted: 7/8/2018

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Job Description

POSITION: Project and Development Services Senior Research Analyst        


BUSINESS FUNCTION: Americas Research

REPORTING TO: Americas Office Research Director

The role:

The Project and Development Services (PDS) senior research analyst position will build upon JLL’s best in class construction, industry and tenant fit out research platform and develop strategic insights that create competitive advantages for our clients. This position will have geographic responsibility for the U.S. with a focus on construction, office and target industries aligned with PDS goals. The analyst will partner with leaders from our Brokerage and Project Management teams and deliver research that is highly aligned with their business objectives. The goal is to provide internal clients with actionable research intelligence that drives sales growth while arming external clients with compelling market insight. This is an ideal opportunity for someone seeking to develop an advanced knowledge of corporate real estate fundamentals as a member of the commercial real estate industry’s leading service platform.

Overall objectives:

  • Work with the Office Market Research Director to execute a diverse and complex research plan
  • Collaborate at a high level with senior business leadership to develop strategic research initiatives that enhance JLL’s reputation as a thought leader in occupier and construction trends
  • Be a visible thought leader, showcasing extensive knowledge of industry and economic trends
  • Understand how industry and economic factors influence how companies use real estate and the workplace to meet business objectives
  • Leverage this knowledge to create and contribute to research products and tools
  • Enhance existing industry research products with a focus on efficiency, technology and impact
  • Develop best practice standards for the Americas Research team
  • Work with Office Market Research Director to position research as a business development tool
  • Work with PDS and marketing teams in contributing to and enhancing RFPs, presentations and new business pitches
  • Work closely with the PDS marketing team to help plan and execute the PDS content calendar based on specific business goals
  • Collaborate with the global Research team and global PDS business intelligence team to benchmark construction costs and other factors impacting PDS decisions
  • Lead the effort to combine our three regional (AMs, EMEA & APAC) Fit-Out reports into a global offering.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Produce national PDS research content and coordinate activities with local office research team
  • Create and maintain a pipeline of actionable research insight for PDS including construction and development costs
  • Create new content that analyzes major occupier trends and project benchmarks across industries
  • Contribute to technology tools that enhance the delivery of research insight
  • Articulate in a compelling way market trends and insights internally and externally in written formats and live presentations
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external clients and facilitate the use of research as a differentiator
  • Partner with research editorial board and marketing colleagues to improve the delivery, distribution and impact of research
  • Contribute to public relations initiatives to help build recognition for JLL’s industry platform
  • Use social media as a tool to provide compelling research insight to clients internally and externally

Experience and qualifications

  • Four or more years in commercial real estate research or closely related field
  • Strong analytical skills, problem solving ability, and written and oral communication skills are required
  • Accuracy, attention to detail, organizational/prioritization skills and general business/corporate experience is required
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Motivated and self-starting with a desire to succeed and contribute to the success of a team
  • Experience with using social media in a business environment
  • Ability to identify productivity enhancements across complex projects
  • Presentation skills and ability to work effectively with internal and external clients at all levels
  • Ability to effectively and professionally meet client expectations and positively represent the firm
  • Ability to multi-task, succeed under pressure and effectively manage time and workload
  • Proactive thinking and ability to lead research initiatives in alignment with business objectives
  • An advanced command of requisite technology including Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other database systems
  • Bachelors degree in business, economics or related field required
  • Background in construction, project management or financial services is a plus
  • Motivated and self-starting with a desire to succeed and contribute to the success of a team
  • A desire to work within a diverse, collaborative and driven professional environment

About JLL Research

JLL Research consists of 400 full time professionals globally and is the largest research group in the real estate industry and among the best of any world-wide professional services firm. Our mission is "To create clear competitive advantage for our clients through the strategic use of accurate data, market intelligence and innovative thinking from around the world". Our research activities include maintaining comprehensive property market databases, analyzing current market conditions and future trends, understanding the factors that drive property performance and occupancy trends, and providing research-led strategy and advice to investors, developers and occupiers around the world. We are committed to developing new metrics and methodological tools to capture and understand the factors driving office, retail and warehousing/logistics real estate markets across the world and bring insight to the future for our clients.


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